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Jul 1, 2021

Discovery of blood biomarker opens new perspectives for dietary prevention of AMD-related risks

Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the principal cause of vision loss in industrialized countries, with nearly 20 million people affected in Europe in 2020. Although identified as a risk factor, until now it was impossible to evaluate retinal omega-3 fatty acid deficits. A research team involving scientists from INRAE, INSERM, Université Jean-Monnet Saint-Etienne, Université de Bordeaux, ITERG and Dijon-Bourgogne and Bordeaux University Hospitals has recently identified a blood biomarker that can predict retinal levels of omega-3 fatty acids. These results, published on 30 June in Clinical and Translational Medicine, open new perspectives for the dietary prevention of risks related to this disease.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a chronic disease that affects the central zone of the retina—the macula—and causes gradual loss of vision. It is the leading cause of sight loss among people aged over 50. Current treatments for AMD can only slow the progression of certain forms of this disease. For this reason, preventive strategies are of crucial importance…..

Read more: https://www.news-medical.net/news/20210630/Discovery-of-blood-biomarker-opens-new-perspectives-for-dietary-prevention-of-AMD-related-risks.aspx?utm_source=news_medical_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ophthalmology_optometry_newsletter_1_july_2021

Source: News Medical

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